Unless of course the Chinese Govt.chooses to revalue their Currency in response to surging inflation.By 15-20%(atleast);thats when things will probably be more competitive[Comparing production costs in China with those in America].
It's amazing how fast cash can disappear. One day it's there, and the next day it's "unfavorable exchange rate" or "unexpected investment losses" or "inflationary costs." Or even "it's somewhere in Argentina and once we catch him we'll get it back."
Normally, the excess cash of the order of what Apple has, would make for an acquisition. But in case of Apple, I cant see a major acquisition just because it would be difficult for the culture and vision at Apple to merge with another smoothly. It could dilute the nature of products from Apple.
Very interesting article and Backorder points out, it's always a nice problem to have. Has any other country stepped up to the challenge and start providing the materials that Japan can't? I'm thinking of South Korea? Probably they won't be able to handle all the demand but could take advantage of the situation.
Also, do you think Apple should do more with that enormous amount of cash? Invest it somewhere - the dollar doesn't looking very promising.
Ashish, It's unlikely Apple will start manufacturing in the United States simply to satisfy a national call to produce locally. The same investors who boosted the company to become the most valuable tech company will flee its stock if it starts manufacturing its iPhone, iPad and iPod locally without stating clearly how it made financial sense. It comes down to the company's loyalty choice. Is this to the shareholders or to the United States?
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